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  • The study of touching behavior. Touching is a part of human communication in interpersonal relationships and can be important in conveying physical intimacy. Touching, however, can be interpreted both positively and negatively. Some people like to be touched, while others find it abusive and harassing. Acceptable levels of touching vary from culture to culture and are interpreted differently. For example, it is natural in the United States to shake hands when meeting for the first time, but a kiss or hug may not be acceptable until one is on more intimate terms with the other.

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